Many have questioned why the Biden administration seems to shy away from firing anyone in the White House or his Cabinet, even as job performance for many who fall into one of those categories is less than stellar at this point, if not a total failure.
Regardless, it appears as if lower-level employees are taking the reigns. According to The Hill, a group of employees who work for the internal watchdog -- the IG's office -- of the Department of Homeland Security have banded together and anonymously asked President Joe Biden to remove Inspector General Joseph Cuffari.
The Hill noted:
A group of employees who work for the internal watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security are calling on President Biden to remove their boss, saying they’ve lost hope the “ship will right itself.”
The request comes after numerous congressional panels have asked DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to step aside from various investigations after he failed to alert lawmakers in a timely manner that Secret Service text messages for Jan. 6 had been “erased.”
🚨 BIG NEWS 🚨 Department of Homeland Security watchdog staff have called on President Biden to remove their boss, Inspector General Joseph Cuffari.
Read more: https://t.co/oSUqyk0mRp
— Project On Government Oversight (@POGOwatchdog) September 23, 2022
The letter asking the president to remove Cuffari was signed by "concerned DHS OIG employees representing every program office at every grade level." The group of signatories added that they wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation and public scrutiny.
The letter itself was damning, and shows just how miserable the OIG office inside the DHS has become.
"Providing effective oversight of the newest and third largest Cabinet department is difficult enough, it should not be made more difficult by our own leadership," the employees wrote.
They added: "We need help. We can no longer be silent when faced with continuous mismanagement of DHS OIG at its highest levels. IG Cuffari has made clear that he wishes to remain in his position, even in the face of prolonged, deserved criticism in the media, from Congress, from other oversight entities and from his own staff. A true leader would recognize the effect of his actions on his workforce and understand the right thing to do would be to step aside."
Only time will tell if Biden ultimately terminates him, which would clearly be the best choice, as it's almost always worth it to keep the good employees happy and morale high, which is desperately needed in his failing administration.